The Mayor of London, London Councils and Transport for London (TfL) have recently announced a substantial funding pot of £766,000 for three local boroughs to improve their air quality.
The project is being dubbed as the ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ and includes a new school low emission zone in Camden, electric charging points for Hackney, a zero emission street and wider Low Emission Zone (LEZ) near Hammersmith town centre.
Building on from the six previous projects which occurred last year; Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham will receive funding for three new projects.
The £766,000 funding will be matched with around £875,000 from the London boroughs involved.
In Camden, 23 schools will reap the benefits of a new School Low Emission Neighbourhood in Frognal and Fitzjohns areas. The plan is to restrict the use of streets in the vicinity of the schools to only allow electric vehicles and local access only. Another proposal is to install electric vehicle charging points in school car parks and lamp-posts. Overall funding for these projects will top £720,000.
Hackney will receive around £270,000 in overall funding to provide the area with new charging points on three market streets and will be installed into existing features like lampposts and bollards.
Hammersmith and Fulham will install Hammersmith Town Centre Low Emission Zone (LEZ). This will be implemented to prioritise and encourage the use of clean vehicles. It will build on a proposed zero emission street on Hammersmith Grove. This will include the installation of an electric taxi rank, communication support and a last-mile courier hub. Overall funding for these projects will top £650,000.
‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ form part of London’s £13 million Go Ultra Low Cities scheme, the Government funded drive to encourage the switch to electric vehicles.
Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said: “If we are to bring London’s air quality within legal limits it will require us, local authorities and Government to work closely together.
“The Neighbourhoods of the Future are a fantastic example of how partnership working can lead to innovative projects that make a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”